Boy name origins & meanings
- English : A mythological beast—half lion, half eagle—charged with watching over golden treasures
- Latin : Hooked nose
- Welsh : Red, ruddy
Family name origins & meanings
- Welsh : from a medieval Latinized form, Griffinus, of the Welsh personal name Gruffudd (see Griffith).
- English : nickname for a fierce or dangerous person, from Middle English griffin ‘gryphon’ (from Latin gryphus, Greek gryps, of Assyrian origin).
- Irish : Anglicized (part translated) form of Gaelic Ó Gríobhtha ‘descendant of Gríobhtha’, a personal name from gríobh ‘gryphon’.